Friday, December 2, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 19
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The invisibles: SLO seniors face financial uncertainty

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The invisibles: SLO seniors face financial uncertainty

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Peta Rimington describes her life as “extraordinary” in a bright British accent, and it’s hard to argue with her assertion.  Rimington, 82, said she was a small child in her grandmother’s home in England when it was bombed during World War II, trapping members of her family under the rubble of the house. She’s lived all over Europe and the United States, and wo... [ Read More ]

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News

SLO Mayor-elect Heidi Harmon pushes for net-zero emissions

By PETER JOHNSON

Trailing incumbent Jan Marx by more than 5 percentage points after Election Day, SLO Mayor-elect Heidi Harmon stubbornly—and as it turned out, wisely—pushed back when New ...

Brothers sentenced in Nipomo gang assault

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

Two brothers who viciously beat a community college student in a gang-related assault could face two very different punishments for the crime. SLO County Superior Court Judge...

Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at Cal Poly in January

By PETER JOHNSON

Milo Yiannopoulos, a prominent voice of the “Alt-right” conservative movement who has espoused inflammatory viewpoints like one of Muslim immigrants’ “signature delica...

Cambria CSD board president loses her seat

By KAREN GARCIA

After campaigning on a platform of transparency, a 33-vote advantage gives Harry Farmer a seat on the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) board, while incumbent board P...

Brisco ramps to reopen in Arroyo Grande

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

It’s been a long and bumpy road for the city of Arroyo Grande when it comes to addressing problems with the city’s most notorious traffic issue. After being closed for mo...

Divided by the grade: SLO County rejected Trump, but by precinct the election results tell a different story

By PETER JOHNSON

Looking at where the citizens of SLO County stood in the 2016 presidential election, one takeaway is clear: Most were turned off by President-elect Donald J. Trump. With 3,15...

Building debt: California voters pass more than $30 billion in local and state school bonds

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

San Luis Obispo County joined state voters in wanting to spend locally in the 2016 election, passing four school district bonds totaling a little more than $274 million.  Ac...

Commentary

It is about race

By WALID PERSEN

I am glad that the New Times is featuring Al Fonzi’s commentaries. His words give the public a chance to see the rage and the persecution complex of today’s movement conse...

Home rules

By MICHAEL LATNER

We live in strange and dark times. But in this darkness, there are glimmers of hope. Those of us who value democracy above any particular candidate or party, above nationali...

Letters

Republicans need the Electoral College

By Greg King - Los Osos

I knew Al Fonzi was a hard right ideologue, but some of the points he made in his Nov. 24 commentary (“It’s not about racism”) were delusional. There was so much BS in t...

SLO's overnight camping double standard

By Barbara Schippers - San Luis Obispo

We are all aware of the SLO city ordinance that says there is to be no overnight camping within city limits (there is a sign that I drive by on Foothill each time I enter the ...

The Electoral College is ancient

By Laurence Houlgate - Paso Robles

Two million more votes for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump, and still counting. Those are the latest figures available as I write this response to Al Fonzi’s attempt (...

It's a privilege to live in America

By Al Fonzi - Atascadero

In response to the Nov. 24 opinion piece by Johanna Rubba in New Times titled “The real America,” it’s hard to know where to begin.  Anecdotal evidence indicates Rubba...

Shredder

Make Cal Poly great again?

Did you hear? Cal Poly students are being brainwashed by their Birkenstock-wearing, namby-pamby professors who are cruelly indoctrinating them in their commie leftist phil...

Street Talk

Was politics a hot topic at Thanksgiving dinner?

Nyla Padgett Julie Nittman Beth Garver Lee Olivas

Strokes and Plugs

Recognizing leadership: SLO Social Services' assistant director receives honors

By KAREN GARCIA

Two statewide organizations are honoring Tracy Schiro, the assistant director of the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services, for her dedication and contribution ...

Arts

Love letter to the wild: Paso artist Leslie Love Stone pays homage to California's national parks

By RYAH COOLEY

A field of perfectly symmetrical squares and triangles of greens, browns, blues, and even purple nearly sing out Yosemite National Park’s color palette.  That was the in...

Mastering the strings: Laurence Juber brings Beatles influences to Morro Bay show

By KAREN GARCIA

The peak of Beatlemania in England was a time to twist and shout to the rock ’n’ roll melodies that emerged from the fab four in 1963.  It was also the year that Laurenc...

Trip to the oasis: Oso Flaco Lake is a freshwater paradise full of human footprints

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

Fog hangs low, just above the short treetops of arroyo willows and wax myrtles with limbs that roof a short dirt road. Bears, mountain lions, and fish infested with the pestic...

Rage against the artist: Cuesta debuts original play 'The Emma Peel Game'

By RYAH COOLEY

"Guitarist from punk feminist band found dead" could very well be a headline in today's news as political divisions widen. Instead it's the center of the plot from an original...

Flying in a winter wonderland: Suspended Motion Aerial Arts presents Winter Showcase

By RYAH COOLEY

Start December off right with a healthy dose of awe and wonder with a viewing of Suspended Motion’s Winter Showcase. The aerial arts show runs Dec. 2 and 3 from 7 to 9 p.m....

For the nice list: An artsy present from Studios on the Park

By RYAH COOLEY

It’s the most stressful time of the year: the weeks of dread leading up to Christmas that make up the annual search for the perfect, unique gift for everyone you know and lo...

Guilty pleasures: Escape from L.A.

By CHRIS MCGUINNESS

When? 1996  |  What’s it rated? R  |  Where’s it available? Netflix, DVD. It didn’t take long after the reality of Donald Trump’s election to the nation’s hig...

Music

Singer-songwriter Zane Carney plays Tooth & Nail Winery on Dec. 7th

By GLEN STARKEY

Zane Carney may have started his entertainment career as an adorable child actor on the TV series Dave’s World (1993-1997) and the film My Giant (1999), but these days he’...

Film

'Loving' poignantly chronicles the end of miscegenation laws

Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), an int...

Flavor

Breathe easy at Biddle Ranch: A minimalist wine escape puts full focus on Edna Valley enchantment

By HAYLEY THOMAS CAIN

December on the Central Coast isn’t so unlike the rest of the country: Many of us are focused on pulling together our family ties, cooking like crazy, and tackling the frenz...

Hayley's Pick

Tin City Cider Co.'s Main Squeeze and Libertine Brewing Co.'s Edna Table Saison

Deck the halls! A sleek, stylish can of Tin City Cider Co. makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the cider lover this holiday season. However, if you’re looking for more vo...

Hot Dates

Early eats

Learn your agricultural history at a presentation led by Amalia Galpert on Ancient Agriculture and Sacred Seeds, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Gal...

Listen and learn

Guest lecturer Mary Kay Harrington, soprano Katherine Arthur, and pianist Paul Woodring join forces for a lecture-recital on Aaron Copland’s “Twelve Songs of Emily Dickins...

Classic Cambria

Make your way to Main and Burton streets in Cambria for Hospitality Night, the annual Village Open House, Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. This open house will feature carolers, holida...